hello, and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. the largest insurgent group in pakistan says it's responsible for the attack on the airport. the assault killed at least 29 people. our reporter in bangkok is following the story. >> karachi is pakistan's economic nerve center. the overnight attack came as
insurgeni tensions remained at an all time high. >> reporter: the insurgents launched their attack on sunday night. they moved in forcefully using machine guns and rocket launchers. the security forces responded. but it took them five hours before they regained control of the facility. the islamist militant, pakistani taliban has claimed responsibility. last month, pakistani forces staged an air strike on an islamistic stronghold in the country's northwest. the military says at least 60 people were killed.
over the past seven years, thousands of people have died in terrorist attacks in pakistan. when prime minister sharif took office last year, pakistanis placed high expectations on his administration to get the situation under control. sharif has been seeking peace through dialog with the insurgents. his team met with representatives for talks. but the retaliatory attacks by both sides have continued and the dialog has been suspended. now, with the latest attack, prospects for resolving the crisis appear dim. there is growing concern that the cycle of violence will only continue. nhk world, islamabad. a flash flood in northern india swept away more than 20
students. at least four of them drowned. rescuers continue to search for the remaining missing. police say a group of university students was taking photographs on sunday near a river. a sudden surge of water caught them off guard. the flooding came from a reservoir 3 kilometers upstream. survivors say they received no warning that the dam's floodgates had been opened. >> translator: it was not difficult for the government to take precautions. i feel that there has been a great lapse, and an inquiry must take place. this matter must not be taken lightly. >> this is not the first time that people living downstream of reservoirs in india have died after authorities released water without prior notice. a group of filipino and vietnamese soldiers have taken part in an event to show that
their countries are ready to stand side by side against china. they gathered in a disputed island in the south china sea, not for military maneuvers, but rather for seshl rouveral round sports. it took place in the spratly islands. they faced off in several grueling matches of tug-of-war, soccer and volleyball. they wanted to demonstrate their good relationship. a chinese spokesperson responded sharply. >> translator: don't you think the small move by vietnam and the philippines is at most a farce? china has irrefutable sovereignty over the waters. we demand that they stop any activity that could spark trouble. >> i island is effectively controlled by vietnam but is also claimed by the philippines.
the two countries have been appealing for international support for their separate territorial claims. china claims sovereignty over almost all the south china, including this area. and that's going to wrap up our bulletin from bangkok. japanese prime minister shinzo abe is trying to rally support for his plan to revise the official interpretation of part of the constitution. he wants the right to send armed forces to defend allies that come under attack. but he's told lawmakers there would still be limits. >> translator: even if we took part in collective self-defense, japan would not send forces abroad for the purpose of combat. >> abe told members of an upper house committee that japanese personnel could help with mine sweeping in the event of an armed attack. he said that kind of operation could not be construed as a
declaration of war. the prime minister said the diet would play a role in mobilizing the self-defense forces. he said he's still discussing the issue with members of the ruling coalition. when they've reached a consensus he'll seek the cabinet's approval. then ask law makers to enact the relevant rules. results of a nhk pole suggest voters are divide over the prime minister's plan. more than 1,000 people answered the poll. 52% said they approve abe's cabinet. that's down four percentage points. 32% said they don't back the cabinet. our pollsters asked whether japan should be able to exercise its right for self-defense. lawmakers began talks on the issue last month. 26% approve of the idea. but the same number disapproved. previous leaders have
interpreted the constitution as prohibiting exercising the right. 22% of respond deents said they approve of abe's interpretation to change the constitution. he wants widespread approval for policy changing. but that may be difficult to achieve. senior members of the democratic party have began discussing 9 issue with their coalition partner. and abe has his work cut out, even within his own ruling bloc. >> it's been abe's long-held goal for japan to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense. >> translator: i want to make legal adjustments that will allow us to deal with any
situation in a seamless manner. i'd like the two parties to progress with the talks from that position. both intensively and thoroughly. >> the liberal democratic party and new coe mito have begun their talks. interparty discussions have been held, but so far they haven't gotten very far. new komeito have been cautious so far. members fear that approving the re-interpretation may lead to the self-defense forces getting involved in conflicts abroad. abe emphasizes that exercising the right is limited to cases when japan's security could be seriously affected. but new kom eteito members are
afraid about how far they could go. a buddhist organization consists of more than 8 million households in japan. a judgment was released saying it supports the government's longstanding position that the constitution forbids exer siegz self-defense. the party and new komeito first became partners in 1999. they built up electoral cooperation in both national and local votes, including times when the parties were not in power. abe won the 2012 lower house election by a land slide, but his liberal democrats still don't have a majority on their own in the upper house. so the two party partnership is
vital to the abe administration. >> translator: individual differences do not directly lead to dissolving our coalition. otherwise we wouldn't have joined hands in the first place. >> new komeito leaders have repeated that they do not intend to dissolve the partnership over this issue. and at the same time, it's not easy for the party to ignore the objections of its supporters. so they want to put off the discussion. abe's been saying he expects a thorough discussion among the ruling parties. but he also wants cabinet approval of the revision by the end of the current diet session on june 22, saying he has no plans to extend the term. there may be more political maneuvering ahead as the date draws closer. >> that was nhk world's reporter. china's military leaders are putting international rows aside and taking part in a u.s.-led
naval drill. they're joining the rim pac. a chinese missile destroir and supply ship are on their way from hawaii. they'll rehearse rescue operations. china's state run news agency says the deputy commander calls the drill an opportunity to showcase a new type of relationship between china and the united states. many democrats in the u.s. say they would choose a woman who has already spent time in the white house to become their next president. the results of a poll suggest hillary clinton would have a commanding lead heading into the 2016 presidential campaign. the pollsters asked democrats and those leaning towards the party who they would vote for. results suggest 69% favor
clinton while 12% choose vice president joe biden. voters were also asked about clinton's job performance as secretary of state. 59% approved, regardless of their party affiliation. 34% did not. overall, 67% of americans said they view clinton as a strong leaders. pollsters also asked people who they would vote for if the democratic candidate was clinton and the republican candidate was rapid paul. 43% chose paul. time to check on the markets and the latest trading on wall street. chief financial analyst from moody's has the details. >> u.s. share prices edged higher on monday as both the dow
jones and s&p set new record highs. provided that profits grow, very low bond yields strongly suggest that we will see new record highs as 2014 unfolds. the dow jones industrial average edged higher on monday to 16,943, while the s&p 500 also rose by a tenth of a percent to 1951. meanwhile, the nasdaq gained to finish higher. one of the biggest stories today was only indirectly related to equities. and here i'm speaking about how spain's government bond yield fell to a new record low of 2.58% which was actually under the ten-year u.s. treasury
yield. very low european bond yields will limit the upside for u.s. treasury yields despite fed tapering. and if that remains the case, then we are all the more likely to see equity prices in the united states move higher. this week we really don't have much in terms of major economic data coming out of the united states. except for thursday's release on may retail sales. may retail sales are expected to rise by .6% for the month which is a big improvement over april's meek gain of one tenth of one percent. one -- among broad
japanese researchers are developing new ways to use what's going down the drain. they've refined techniques for recycling sewage. they believe there might be profits down the pipe. >> reporter: plump, ripe tomatoes. they're not from someone's garden. they were grown at a sewage treatment plant in central japan. researchers from a university in the area and local government officials have been carrying out tests since may. they irrigate the plants with water from the treatment facility. methane gas produced by sludge solids is used to generate prod
during the process is used to keep the greenhouse warm. carbon dioxide emitted by the burning methane gas is fed into the greenhouse by a duct. that helps promote the photo synthesis of tomato leaves. >> translator: the yield is up 30%. the sugar content tends to be higher. >> reporter: this is the first system in the world to fully recycle sewage. nothing is wasted. >> translator: i think we can create new value here by combining energy production and food production. >> reporter: and researchers at a university in western japan are conducting tests to see whether sewage can be used to power fuel cell vehicles. they are trying to make hydrogen fuel in the sewage treatment process. they do this in the lab by
heating methane and treated sewage to 800 degrees celsius. the resulting chemical reaction creates hydrogen. researchers will give the process a trial run next year. and the sewage treatment center at the area. the national government will pay the $13 million needed to build the test facility. they plan to produce enough hydrogen in one day to power 70 fuel cell vehicles. >> translator: in terms of producing and consuming energy locally, it's very significant that an urban area can produce this much energy. this is the first step in the huge task of creating a low-carbon society. >> reporter: government officials see sewage treatment as a key part of japan's
infrastructure export strategy. they estimate the global market to grow to $355 billion in ten years. and they see developing countries as their biggest potential customers. >> translator: a sewer contains water and energy resources. using them will help solve problems facing local communities. >> reporter: where there are cities, there's sewage. people have high expectations for technology that helps communities use sewage as a resource and not just a waste product. a pharmaceutical company says about 10,000 people in japan may have suffered side effects from two drugs used to treat leukemia. novartis pharma says some of the cases could be serious. they have released the results
of an in-house investigation. they found novartis didn't inform authorities about 30 cases of serious side effects. so they ordered the probe. the company now says its employees overlooked up to 10,000 cases in the past 12 years. spokespersons say the company is investigating each case individually. in april, novartis headquarters replaced the top executives of its you japanese subsidiary after a scandal involving clinical studies on the same drugs. a south korean ferry accident in april have prompted japanese operators of such vessels to review their safety procedures. one of them held a fire drill on a ship docked in kobe in western japan. the exercise was conducted as if a fire had broken out on the vessel while it was cruising. the crew carried out fire extinguishing preparations and
told staff acting as passengers to stand by. the boat's skipper said containing such a blaze would be impossible and ordered an evacuation of those on board. the crew also practiced procedures for leading passengers and lowering lifeboats. the sinking of the ferry sewol left more than 300 people dead or missing. the captain and three others face charges of homicide for abandoning the ship. their trial is to start on tuesday. japan's emperor, empress and other imperial family members have said a final good-bye to the 66-year-old prince. he served as honorary president
of an australian/japan society. the emperor and empress bid their farewell to the prince. his father took part in a rite to lay the body in a coffin. the crown prince also paid his respects. the funeral is to be held at a cemetery in tokyo next week. a japanese publisher has tailored a classic children's story for a new audience. they took on the challenge of converting the popular picture book into braille. and they've done it with the help of a visually impaired mother, eager to share the joy of reading with her kids. ♪ >> reporter: two mouse brothers who love eating.
since it was first published 50 years ago, the book has sold 6 million copies in japan. it is considered a beloved masterpiece, treasured by children from one generation to the next. for ages, this woman has dreamed of reading a braille edition of the book. she has had no sight since birth. for the past 30 years, she and a team of volunteers have run a service that loans picture books to blind children and parents. they wanted to put picture books in braille editions. they also achieve a braille effect by using cutouts. what started her on this road was the inability to read picture books to her sons. >> translator: i heard a woman reading a book to her son. i became envious and thought if i could only see.
>> reporter: she and her team tried converting the copies of the book into braille, but it took months to complete a single book. so she approached a publisher to make the book especially for blind parents. she succeeded. the company decided to make a braille edition of gudi and guda on the 50th anniversary of the book's edition. they are often bound with rings to avoid pressing the pages. >> translator: on a page like this, the ring would go right through the picture of the egg. this ruins the composition of the picture. >> reporter: the book binding company came up with a solution. they added a rim so that no pressure would be applied to the page itself. so the braille dots and raised
pictures are not flattened. at last 5,000 braille editions of gudi and guda were printed. the clothes worn by the mice each have different patterns, so they can be recognized by touch. this two-page spread features many animals. each is overlayed with a larger version to enable readers to see the details. her long-held dream has finally come true. >> translator: i can identify gudi and guda immediately when i touch the pages. the care that's been put into the texture and the way it feels on the fingers is delightful. i file so happy that it's finally been done.
>> reporter: this family gets a lot of enjoyment out of the special book. the woman has been blind since birth. she has two sons. she had always wanted to read to her children. now at last she can. >> translator: which one is gudi? does he feel rougher? >> translator: this one is gudi. >> translator: i love sharing the experience with my children. of touching the pictures and recognizing the characters as we read along. >> reporter: the braille edition of gudi and guda is the monument to the wishes of blind parents. a 111-year-old former
schoolteacher in japan has become the world's oldest man. the jarn toll ji research group says he took the record after the death of the previous record holder in america. he is in good health and would like to live another two years. the world's oldest person is 116. here's a brief look at the weather.